A gift from the north
What we say:
With its original, flagship restaurant up in Hanoi, Quan Nem has opened a clean and classy spot in the outskirts of District 1 in Saigon.
The location should satisfy those southerners hungry for the northern Vietnamese crispy crab roll specialty, nem cua be. These hamburger-size deep-fried spring rolls with roots in Hai Phong are stuffed with a mixture of crabmeat, mushrooms, pork, egg, shallots and noodles, and are cut by a pair of scissors to be served. The restaurant is so proud that nem cua be made a CNN list of the top 10 street foods in Hanoi that they've plastered the article on the walls of this spacious and elegant two-storey eatery.
Although most famous for nem cua be, Quan Nem also serves bun cha, which also originated up north and consists of grilled pork served with vermicelli size rice noodles and various greens.
Surprising considering the comfy air-con dining rooms, Quan Nem is fairly inexpensive -- an order each of bun cha and nem cua be, plus a glass of tra da (iced green tea), will come in at a little less than 100,000 VND. The restaurant is consistently crowded, though tables are ample enough that it's usually not necessary to wait long.
Contact details15E Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
In depth reviewRead a more in depth review of Quan Nem on the Travelfish blog.
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